DIRECTOR OF INCLUSION AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Archdiocese of Washington (DC & MD)

Archdiocese of Washington

Hyattsville, Maryland ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3316816
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : July 9, 2020
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Position Overview:
The Director of Inclusion and Academic Support is an integral part of the school’s instructional leadership team and is responsible for overseeing programs and faculty that provide educational assistance to children with exceptional needs including academic, behavioral, emotional, developmental, intellectual, and physical needs.

Ideal Candidate:
Our new Director of Inclusion and Academic Support will have a sincere desire to be a member of a Catholic school community. He or she will have a Masters in Special Education or Inclusive Practices, and significant teaching experience with children with a wide range of disabilities and exceptionalities. As a vital member of our administrative team, the director will know how to inspire students, parents and faculty to expect the highest levels of achievement for all learners while maintaining an environment that is joyful and relaxed to optimize learning. He or she will be highly interested in learning new methods of intervention and identification so that students receive the support they need at the optimal time in their lives.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Classroom Teacher > Early Childhood
    Classroom Teacher > Elementary
    Classroom Teacher > Middle Grades
  • Location Description

    Today, over 27,000 children attend 96 Catholic schools in the archdiocese. Our schools serve as communities of faith and service, fully developing each student as a child of God through the four pillars of Catholic schools:

    Catholic Identity
    Catholic identity is intrinsic to our schools and the reason for their success. Our mission is to educate all students in a Christian environment, welcoming children of all faiths. We promote the value of the individual while encouraging mutual respect through our Catholic faith and traditions.

    Academic Excellence
    With a strong educational foundation and rigorous academic programs, our students are prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of a changing multicultural society in the light of Christ’s teachings. Our schools are fully accredited and all teachers are certified in their specific areas. We are committed to academic excellence as reflected in the high test scores, placement and achievements of our students.

    Accessibility
    Our schools are geographically accessible to as many students as possible. Our Catholic schools are strategically located to allow the reasonable hope that most children will be able to get to a Catholic school in a given accessible area. Within our schools, the programs we offer meet the needs of a wide variety of students. Our students are able to learn, immersed in a nurtured and safe environment.

    Affordability
    Careful planning has been undertaken to keep the cost of Catholic education within the reach of families. The tuition assistance program is one of the ways that the Archdiocese of Washington helps many children realize the dream of a Catholic education. Over the past four years, the tuition assistance program has increased from offering $800,000 to over $5 million.

    "Our children today, as they grow up in an ever more complex world, need to be firmly grounded in knowledge of the authentic faith the Church professes so they can be prepared to live a full, happy and holy life in communion with Christ."

    ~Cardinal Donald Wuerl, from his pastoral letter Catholic Education: Looking to the future with confidence Learn more about us...


    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The Archdiocese of Washington is an equal opportunity employer.

    Job Requirements

    • Essential Functions:

      • Aspire to support Catholic education and the greater mission of living and teaching the Catholic faith with all students.
      • Provide access to the curriculum for all students by working cooperatively with other faculty using the most appropriate interventions for each student.
      •. Oversee/manage a caseload of students with exceptional needs and implement their Individual Catholic Educational Plan (ICEP).
      •. Support general education teachers and administrators in the implementation of appropriate strategies to meet the needs of students with ICEPs.
      •. Engage parents and families in their student’s learning and act as an ambassador for inclusive Catholic education in the community.

      Essential Duties:

      Program Management
      • Maintain students’ ICEPs and other related files.
      •. Coordinate formal assessments for related services with providers and outside vendors.
      •. Manage relationships with outside vendors to ensure students receive all individual services (i.e. Occupational Therapy, Language and Speech, etc.).
      •. Develop and manage Student Assistance Team.
      •. Manage Mercy’s inclusion and academic support admissions process.

      Communication
      •. Effectively communicate to parents and guardians the inclusive education process including the process for referrals, evaluations, annual ICEP meetings, etc.
      •. Facilitate workshops/meetings and identify resources for teachers and parents of all students, particularly those with exceptional needs.

      Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
      •. Identify and develop appropriate curriculum, instructional plans, and school-based assessments to support the academic growth of students with ICEP plans. Knowledge of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) essential.
      •. Coordinate with the faculty and the student assistance team to complete quarterly ICEP and academic support progress reports for parents/guardians.
      •. Ensure ICEPs are developmentally appropriate, curriculum/standards-based, strength-based, and relevant to individual students.
      •. Integrate new developments, research findings, and best practices into ongoing programs and new initiatives.
      •. Develop Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) and assist with appropriate behavior management techniques for students with exceptional needs.
      •. Administer formal or informal observations/assessments as needed.
      •. Collaborate with grade-level teams to discuss strategies to use with students in need of academic and behavioral support.
      •. Coordinate standardized testing for students with accommodations.
      •. Facilitate the transition of student information among the appropriate staff.
      •. Analyze assessment results to drive instruction and ICEP development.

      Qualifications
      •. Degree in Special Education
      • Masters in Special Education
      •. Proven positive leadership experience

      Working conditions: 11-month employee with reduced summer hours
      Salary and Benefits: Salary is based on educational level, certification(s), and years of experience.
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Instructions

    Thank you for your interest in working for the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of
    Washington. For your convenience, these instructions are to inform you of relevant Archdiocesan policies and to provide you with a checklist to assist you in the application process.

    Please be aware of the following:

    1. The application is intended for use by Archdiocesan Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese
    of Washington. Use of this form by an Archdiocesan Catholic School in no way
    indicates that the applicant will be an employee of the Archdiocese of Washington.

    2. While the Catholic Schools Office assists by establishing contact between schools having
    job vacancies and available applicants, applicants must understand that pastors of
    individual schools or administrators of non-parish schools hire the employees.

    3. Applications are active only until a position has been filled. Applicants wishing to be considered for other Archdiocese positions must submit a new application to each Job ID through SchoolSpring.

    4. Archdiocesan policy requires that all employees be at least 18 years of age.

    5. The Catholic identity of our schools is paramount, and the responsibility for developing
    and enhancing that identity rests with the administration of each school. Therefore, it is
    Archdiocesan policy that applicants wishing to be considered for the position of
    principal of a Catholic school must be practicing Catholics in good standing.

    6. The Archdiocese will only consider complete SchoolSpring applications, and applications will be processed only when all information and supporting documents have been received by the Catholic Schools Office via SchoolSpring.

    Please make sure that you do the following:

    ___ State in your SchoolSpring cover letter what position you are seeking and why you would like to work for a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Washington.

    ___ Make certain that your SchoolSpring application includes your updated resume and work experience information.

    For all applications for schools located in the state of Maryland, the applicant must complete and provide the hiring school at their interview with top of first page and all of second page of the Employment History Review Form for (1) the applicant’s current employer; (2) ALL of the applicant’s former school employers; and (3) ALL other employers where applicant had direct contact with minors. Please bring these forms if you are selected for interview.
    The Employment History Review Form can be found at:
    http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/DEE/index.aspx



    "Statement Acceptance of Guiding Principals for the Schools in the Archdiocese of Washington"

    Catholic schools function at several interlocking levels within the educational ministry of the Church. As academic institutions, they enable students to acquire skills, knowledge, occupational competence and civic responsibility. As Christian institutions committed to the teachings of the Catholic Church, Catholic schools prepare students to respond in faith to Jesus Christ and to understand his message, to view human existence in terms of divinely appointed goals, to follow moral standards of conduct and to achieve integrity of character. As Catholic communities of faith, schools deepen the ties between pastor, priests, faculty, parents and students. Building community in all areas of like, Catholic schools foster a spirit of service to humanity and a feeling of fellowship transcending individual difference.

    Catholic schools seek primarily to serve all Catholic parents who seek Catholic education for their children. Because the ultimate responsibility for education rests with parents, schools welcome parent participation in policy decisions through formal channels and encourage informal communication at all levels in such matters as personnel, curriculum and finances. Pastors, administrators and teachers cooperate by fulfilling their respective responsibilities toward the school program. All parties together assess effectiveness in relation to the progress and needs of each student. To the community at large, Catholic schools represent a successful educational alternative, striving for academic excellence without sacrificing Catholic values. The development of each individual student is fostered through innovation and effective use of resources.

    All employees and volunteers are required, as a condition of employment and acceptance of volunteer services, to teach and exemplify the guiding principles set forth above.

    Application Questions

    This employer has requested that ALL applicants answer the following questions. It IS highly recommended that you type ANY essays IN a word processing program, save them, AND THEN paste them ON the proceeding job application page.

    • 1. I am employed/have been employed at an Archdiocesan school?
      Yes/No
    • 2. If you have been employed at an Archdiocesan school, what is the name of the school, the position you held, and the dates of your employment?
      Brief Response (Answer limited TO 200 characters, including spaces)
    • 3. What geographic area(s) do you prefer?
      Multiple Choice / Multiple Answers
      - Calvert County
      - Prince George's County
      - Charles County
      - St. Mary's County
      - Montgomery County
      - District of Columbia
    • 4. I have read the "Statement of Acceptance of Guiding Principles" and I understand that any omission or misrepresentation in this application, or failure to teach and exemplify the Guiding Principles as set forth above, may result in refusal of services or separation from employment.
      Yes/No
    • 5. All religion teachers shall be practicing Catholics, who must be qualified and certified to teach religion by the Archdiocese of Washington and have a deep knowledge of doctrine and live an authentic witness to the faith. Since this position includes teaching the Catholic faith, please indicate if you are a practicing Catholic:
      Yes/No

    Contact Information

    • Christine Green
    • 9222 Kentsdale Drive
    • Potomac, Maryland 20854
    • Phone: 301-365-4477
    • Fax: 301-365-3423
    • Email: click here

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